- Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) is highlighting systemic social issues including racial disparities in marijuana enforcement that need to be addressed as people across the country march in response to police killings of black Americans.
- The measure came one week after 44 members of the House sent a letter to the Justice Department , calling for an independent investigation into a fatal police shooting of Taylor.
- Michigan’s current medical marijuana law prohibits elected officials and government employees from obtaining cannabis business licenses but a bill that is moving forward in the House of Representatives would revise that provision to make an exception for their spouses.
- Lawmakers also passed a House bill to provide legal protections for doctors who recommend medical marijuana as well as authorized medical facilities that have cannabis patients in their care.
- In that letter, the legislators cited prior excessive force incidents with two of the three officers involved in Taylor’s shooting as well as prior alleged improper enforcement by the department’s SWAT team in a botched marijuana raid as evidence of the need for an investigation.
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